HPU to Host Award-Winning Author Kirk Nesset

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 26, 2010 – High Point University will feature Kirk Nesset, award-winning author and translator who will read selections from his fiction, poetry and translations. The event will be held at 6 p.m. on March 3 in Norton Hall Room 101 on campus; it is open to the public.

Nesset is the author of two works of fiction, “Mr. Agreeable” and “Paradise Road,” as well as the nonfiction work, “The Stories of Raymond Carver.” His book of poetry, “Saint X,” is forthcoming, as is his work of translation, “Alphabet of the World: Selected Works of Eugenio Montejo.

Nesset was awarded the Drue Heinz literature prize in 2007 and has received a Pushcart Prize and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His stories, poems, translations and essays have appeared in “The Paris Review,” “Ploughshares,” “The Kenyon Review,” “The Southern Review,” “American Poetry Review,” “Gettysburg Review,” “Iowa Review,” “Agni,” “The Sun,” “Fiction” and “Prairie Schooner,” among others. His stories have been anthologized widely, appearing in “The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses,” in Norton?s “New Sudden Fiction, Flash Fiction Forward,” and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing and literature at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.

Jim Casey, assistant professor of English at HPU, says that Nesset will meet with HPU students, individually and in groups, while on campus for the reading.

“Kirk is an excellent model for our young writers,” Casey says. “He works incredibly hard and pays particular attention to the craft of writing. I think our students will learn a lot from him.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/.

Chris Dudley
Vice President for Administration

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